Welcome back to another episode of Dive Cuts with Sam Snelling and Matthew Harris. Sam and Matt go over their takeaways from the Vandy and the Mississippi State games, and chat about some roster construction, because if you did not already know, Mizzou has a wing problem.
They also whip around some College Basketball coverage (and SEC), as well as talk about a transfer Mizzou might take a look at, along with everyone else.
Let’s dive in.
0:49 - 17:20: Welcome back to another episode of Dive Cuts, the nerdy basketball podcast. After a week off, let’s look at what’s happened with Mizzou basketball. The Vandy game is hard to get a ton of takeaways from, but the Mississippi State loss is one where you can learn a little more about this team. As mentioned previously, this was going to be a tough match up. That game kind of encapsulates the whole season. They’ve got two guys producing, but it’s not sustainable to only rely upon those two, and they desperately need a third person to lessen the load. A lot of what Sam and Matt talk about here can be elaborated on in Sam’s Study Hall piece, so check it out.
17:21 - 23:18: A goal to end the season is to win at least one of the two games left at Ole Miss or home against Alabama, or they’re all but guaranteed to be in the play-in game. Two wins would have them finishing 8-10, likely avoiding the Wednesday game at the SEC Tournament, which is not a day you want to play.
23:19 - 31:55: The likelihood there’s no postseason again for Mizzou this year is sad but true, meaning it’s robably time to turn some attention to the transfer market and recruiting season. Matt would love to see the guys on the current roster make changes and become contributors. Also, it’s time to whip around some other happenings in the world of college basketball, and pivot over to the state next door. The Illini is, by all accounts, a tourney team, Brad Underwood has gotten an extension, and they’ve got a good recruiting class coming in. Ayo has done WONDERS for that team, single-handedly winning games for them.
31:56 - 48:20: Back to Mizzou, because it seems like a lot of people are unhappy with the way it has gone so far. Cuonzo Martin and Co. have had some pretty bad luck during his time as a coach at Mizzou. It’s impossible to say what would have happened had injuries not occurred each of his first three years. Losing Tilmon for a bit this year definitely had a negative impact. Sam is impressed, however, with how well thought-out the game plan is on a game-to-game basis, but you can be critical of the roster decisions. Circling back to recruiting, Cuonzo needs to find players to fit his needs and make the fans feel like the program is in the right hands. Reminder- this program is in a rebuild, but it needs to get over the hump soon. Missouri plays A&M and Arkansas twice a year, and they are doing some good things.
48:21 - END: Final thoughts and apologies for not sending you out on the most positive of notes, BUT Dive Cuts will return again to preview the SEC Tournament!
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